A new consent package is being developed for New South Wales schools, focusing on support for teachers and engagement with parents.
NSW Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell announced the new suite of initiatives as the first major step following the Statement of Intent signed by all three school sectors earlier this year.
“This government has made very clear its intentions to work with the community to combat sexual violence,” Mitchell said.
“Schools play an important role, side by side with parents, to instil the values in our students and children on what is acceptable behaviour and how to foster respectful relationships.”
Mitchell said in order to support teaching of respectful relationships, a new range of curriculum-aligned teaching and learning resources – aligned with the Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) curriculum – will be created for teachers.
“The resources will be available on the department’s Learning Resources Hub. They will be quality assured and produced by subject-matter experts,” she said.
“Our consent curriculum content in the PDHPE curriculum is the strongest in Australia and these resources will ensure teachers can deliver it in the best way possible.”
The resources will include lesson sequences and stage-appropriate teaching activities that teachers can use or adapt to assist them in the classroom.
The Department of Education has also partnered with the Federation of Parents and Citizens Associations of NSW and, as a first step, will hold the first webinar for all public school P&Cs next month.
The webinar will be an opportunity for P&C members to find out more about the Statement of Intent, what students currently learn through the curriculum, and how parents and carers can stay engaged in the discussion.
“Parents are partners in their child’s education. I want to know they have everything they need to have these important conversations with their children,” Mitchell added.
In Term 3, the department will also invite P&C members and other representative parent groups to participate in a survey.